Queen Elizabeth II news: Duchess of Cambridge Pearl brooch has ‘sentimental’ meaning
Queen Elizabeth II will often keep her style simple and dress up her classic looks with a brooch. The royal has plenty to choose from, including the Duchess of Cambridge Pearl Pendant.
This does not relate to Kate Middleton, the current Duchess of Cambridge, however.
In fact, the jewel belonged to a royal who formerly held the title, Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel, the wife of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge.
Portraits showed Princess Augusta wearing the piece as early as 1877 and it is believed to have been made by the former crown jeweller, Garrad.
The versatile brooch was also seen previously worn as the pendant on a necklace.
The piece is sure to be a favourite as its timeless design means it is suitable for nearly all occasions.
The Queen has paired it with a range of outfits, often pinning it onto brightly coloured ensembles.
As well as being versatile, it also is also thought to hold a lot of sentimental value to the royals.
The brooch was passed on through the family and previously belonged to the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary.
Queen Elizabeth II has also opted to wear the piece to mark a number of special events.
She wore the brooch in portraits released to mark her 50th birthday, and at the funeral of Lord Mountbatten in 1979.
The Queen is thought to have nearly 100 brooches in her extensive collection.
The royal is rarely seen in public without a historical brooch pinned to her outfit.
The royal line of succession – who outranks who?
The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.
It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.
Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.
Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.
The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.
Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.
Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.